“…Still reeling from their public caning over the now-axed rejigging of class sizes and teacher numbers -
- National Party ministers got a blunt talking-to from the Prime Minister at last Monday’s Cabinet meeting.
John Key’s message was that National – and that included him – had to tighten up.
It had to drastically sharpen up its game.
The wider National caucus also got the same message.
It is not before time.
National’s seemingly endless trials and tribulations might suggest otherwise – but the party does have a second-term strategy.
It is conscious that at the next election it will be judged on what it has achieved after six years in power.
That is a much higher hurdle to clear than it faced last year.
National’s strategy has accordingly been to push ahead with less than popular reforms for the first year or so of its second term -
- and then ease back quite some time before the 2014 election…”
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